6 Things to expect from an HVAC Maintenance technician

Normally, people who call professional HVAC service providers for maintenance are the people who either don't have time for maintenance of appliances or they have insufficient knowledge to perform the maintenance themselves. In both cases, a technician comes and goes and the homeowner remains unaware of what the technician was supposed to do and what he did. Understand the fact that not all services are honest services and not all technicians committed workmen. In order to make sure you invested at the right place and was able to enjoy the due benefit, it is essential to at least know what tasks an HVAC professional is supposed to perform when he comes for a maintenance visit. This will help you have an ultimate service of your system and the investment on maintenance will return on good terms.
Here is what you should expect from an HVAC technician on a maintenance visit.


1: System Check Up

Remember that we’re talking about HVAC maintenance visit, not an Air Conditioner or Furnace Maintenance alone. So, on a complete system checkup visit, a technician is supposed to check the whole system including the Ductwork, the Appliances attached i.e Air Conditioner, Furnace, Humidifier/Air Cleaner and the gadgets attached i.e Thermostat etc. A whole system check-up is supposed to be performed to make sure everything's working well.

2. Safety Check

In addition to the whole system check up for optimal system performance, a technician is supposed to perform a general safety check as well to make sure there are no loopholes in the system that could prove to be dangerous for the system.

3. Cleaning

The benefit of taking professional maintenance services is that you don't have to take the worry of system cleaning. On a maintenance visit, cleaning of all HVAC components, vents and sometimes the cleaning of ductwork is included.

4. Check for Repairs

Since you've called a professional because you couldn't do it yourself, it is the professional who is required to check the system for any possible repair needs or replacement needs and inform the homeowner of it.

5.  Answering questions

If your technician performed the maintenance tasks and left without answering the questions you had, he performed not a complete job. It is a maintenance technician's responsibility to answer the questions of the homeowners if they have any and to suggest them the ways to keep up their system. So next time a technician comes, don't hesitate to ask him anything (regarding the HVAC system of course! What else did you think?)  

6. Maintenance Report

For your reference, a written report is to be provided by the technician to you at the end so that you know what exactly did he do if you personally haven't been around. It is sort of a written record that helps later on further maintenance visits.

Bottom Line

Have you ever taken a professional maintenance service? Did you make sure your technician performed all the above-mentioned tasks? If not, do it from now. Although it is highly suggested to be around when your HVAC technician is performing the maintenance but if you couldn't be available, make sure to read the Maintenance report carefully when provided and give a quick check to those things the maintenance of which have been made. This will help you make sure that you didn't litter your money and had chosen the right service.   


Wood Fireplace vs Gas Fireplace

What a soothing experience it is to sit in front of a Fireplace and see the blazing Fire. The practice of staring the fire has been a ritual for many in the past and even today. But in Winters, having a home in Canada, it's the favourite ritual of all i.e to sit and feel the warmth of the fire. Currently, there are two types of Fireplaces that are being used by people in Toronto and GTA areas. One is the Gas Fireplace while the other is the traditional Wood Burning Fireplaces. Everything has pros and cons and so do the different types of Fireplaces. The installation, maintenance, repair and also the replacement of Gas Fireplace and Wood Fireplace is different. Also, the warming experience received from the two is not the same. So how to decide which one you should install and which of the two would be a convenient and economical option? Below, we're giving a comparison between the mentioned types of Fireplaces. Continue reading and explore what's for you:


Everyday Use - Easy to difficult

There's 180 degrees difference between the use of Gas and Wood Fireplaces. In the case of Wood Fireplace, you've to go a long way. Get wood logs, cut them and put them into the Fireplace. Or if you're planning to save a few dollars, go for hiking and take an axe with you. Find some old trees and collect the desired wood. By the way, who has time for that today? I'm sure you're busy and can't afford to do that. The benefit of the gas fireplace over the wood fireplace is that you don't have to do an exceptional effort in order to give yourself warm blows. Turning on the gas valve connected to the Fireplace is the only thing you'll have to do and lo! The fire is on. Easy? Oh yeah! If you're a hardworking person and would love to cut wood like a woodcutter, do it, man! But if you're a busy and lazy person like us, Gas Fireplace is a great deal to enjoy.

Cost Effective - Gas or Wood?

Ooops! The cost might faint you. Comparing wood with gas, the Wood is cheaper of course. And as said earlier, you can save the cost of wood as well by doing some struggle on your on. In the case of Gas, although a lot of other benefits are there, the cost of Gas is more than wood and if the Fireplace is the only thing you've at home for heating, the bills might get fatty. So it depends on a lot of factors whether or not you should go for a Gas Fireplace installation. Usually, people only have Fireplace in the drying room that too for the purpose of making the room aesthetically appealing. If there's a limited use, Gas Fireplace still remains a better option.

Burning Experience - From crackles to ashes

Love the crackling sound? We love it too. But as long as the Fireplace you have is on Gas, there will be no crackling sounds to enjoy. This feature is wood exclusive dudes. The burning experience of the wood fireplace is more aromatic, aesthetic and enjoyable but at the same time, there are other consequences too. Wood produces soot and ashes that sometimes blow out of the Fireplace and cause irritation, smell and smoke. This does not happen in the case of Gas Fireplace since a Gas Fireplace is just like a Gas Heater that causes fire because of the Gas. Apparently, the Gas Fireplaces are also made in a way to look like the traditional wood fireplaces because they are more appealing so if your primary concern is appearance, you can easily enjoy the benefits of gas fireplace while having a wood-like appearance.

Bottom Line

Nothing is a hard and fast rule. Some people enjoy Wood Fireplaces while other prefer Gas over Wood. Keeping your own very conditions in mind, your budget as well as the gas/wood rates and availability in your area, you can decide which one will work best for you. We have given a comparison of both that can help you taking the decision.
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Got a new Thermostat, what to do with the old one?

Disposal of the home comfort heating and cooling appliances and gadgets require utmost care and a responsible attitude. You already know it if you're a conscientious Canadian citizen. By the way, most Canadian are!

Why is proper disposal important?
So, we were talking about appropriate disposal. Why are we emphasising of it? Why can't you just throw the used gadgets, appliance parts etc in the garbage bucket? How do these thrashed appliances can damage the environment and become a risk?
Basically, the home comfort heating and cooling appliances are made using different chemicals and other materials. Those substances, as long as they remain inside of the appliances and perform the necessary function, remain of use but as long as they get in contact with the open environment, they could drastically affect the surrounding environment. Take, for example, mercury. Mercury is used in Thermostats and only a few grams of mercury can contaminate a lake of up to 8 hectares to such an extent that its fish don't remain edible for a whole year. Got an idea why is proper disposal important?
But hold on! You don’t have to worry about the disposal at all. Of course, in these times of tight schedules and busy routines, who has time to go and do the disposal or recycling? Good thing is, someone’s doing it for us.

Thermostat Recovery Program
What a treat it is to live in Canada. Canadian government makes sure to provide ultimate health and security standards to its citizens. A link of the same chain is the ''Thermostat Recovery Program''. TRP is an initiative of HRAI institute of Canada. TRP is committed to safely recover and properly recycle the Thermostats that contain mercury. They accept both electronic and mechanical Thermostats. The service is not for a particular area. It is open to all Canadians.

How to send a used Thermostat to TRP?
It's easy! TRP has specified public Thermostat drop off locations. People can simply do the ''go and throw'' and the TRP will collect the Thermostats from there for recycling either by themselves or via their contractors. This way, not only the Thermostats get thrashed but also don’t become an environmental hazard which is one of our top problems on Earth.

Love your planet? help save it!
Did you hear that the scientists have found another planet completely suitable for living? Please don't say, ''Oh yeah, Mercury?''  We just talked about one type of Mercury, the planet mercury sure wouldn't be worth living and the news is old enough. So, we're left with only one choice for so far and that is; Earth! Beloved Earth! So we need to be overly conscious about keeping it liveable as long as no alternative is found. There's a great deal of contribution that you can do by simply doing a proper disposal of your Thermostats. Remember that few grams of mercury in a pond example?    

Already bought a new Thermostat or planning to purchase one? Please dispose of the older one properly. Also, don't forget that TRP can help you.


Top 7 Benefits of Wireless Thermostats

Who likes those tangled? Thanks to the technology of our times for making many appliances wireless and of course special thanks on making Thermostats Wireless. If you've used a wire Thermostat before,  you can understand why Wireless Thermostats are such a big relief. And by the way, if you're still using the old wired Thermostats, here are some benefits describes for you of using Wireless Thermostats.

Benefits of Wireless Thermostats

Remote Access

Remote access wifi thermostat

Hate coming out of your comfy bed in Winters to operate your Thermostat? We hated that too and therefore, chose a Wireless Thermostat. You can operate your Thermostat sitting anywhere in the house. Some Thermostats are even more efficient and provide access to operation even when you're not inside your home. Connect the Wireless Thermostat with PC, Tablet, SmartPhone and enjoy remote access to operate it from anywhere. So now, no more coming out of the cosy comfy bed. Yummmm!!!

Save Energy

Save Energy as much as never before. The Wifi/Wireless Thermostats are much more efficient than the wired thermostats. Even if you forget to tell them what to do, they figure out the right operation for themselves and turn OFF the appliances automatically when not in use. This adds a lot in saving energy bills.    

Indoor and Outdoor Temperature

The Wireless Thermostats have very sensitive sensors to not just sense the indoor temperature but also the outdoor temperature and the level of humidity. It displays the indoor and outdoor temperature thus making it easier for homeowners to set their appliance temperatures accordingly.

LCD Display

Several Wireless/Wifi Thermostats have LCD display which makes the operation easy and displays clear readings of the indoor-outdoor temperatures as well.

Easy Installation

Who wants to take the headache of getting himself mad with wirings and connections? While the wired old style Thermostats are difficult to install, the wireless/wifi thermostats are far easier to install and maintain. In addition to that, they don't also cost much on repairs.

Good Looks

How about an ugly Thermostat visible somewhere from near your home comfort heating and cooling appliances, badly affecting your beautiful home's decor? People today are a lot more concerned to not let any home appliance affect the decor of their home. It is for this reason that the appliance manufacturers are laying special emphasis on improving the appearance of appliances. If you belong to one such concerned about appearances family, Wifi/Wireless Thermostats are for you. They are very pleasing in appearance and can even add to the decor of your walls.


There happen several incidents when the appliances fail before time not because they had a problem but due to the problem of the Thermostat. Lesser the efficiency and accuracy of a Thermostat, greater are the chances of appliance damage, heavy bills and sudden breakdown. To cope all such threats, the Wireless/Wifi Thermostats are extremely accurate. Far better than your previous Thermostats! And since all we need to have in a gadget which is supposed to maintain indoor home temperature is Accuracy, these Thermostats should necessarily be preferred to have better and efficient readings.

Bottom Line

It is better to move on with times and make use of the ever new and ever astounding technologies to bring comfort to yourself and your family than to stay stuck to the older technologies and make a whole lot of loss; of energy, of money. Everything has its pros and cons but nonetheless, today's Thermostats are better than yesterdays and likewise; tomorrow's technologies will be better than today's so let's move on with the pace of time and make use of Wireless/Wifi Thermostats that are safer, efficient, energy saving and affordable.


Tankless water heater vs traditional water heaters

With an ever increasing advancement in technology, versatile home comfort heating and cooling appliances are being introduced into the market. With so many options to choose from, it is often difficult to decide which model would work best for an individual. This is particularly the case with water heaters. Although tankless water heaters are now as equally used by the homeowners of the GTA as the conventional water heaters, it still sometimes is a time-consuming decision for people to decide whether to install a traditional water heater that uses a tank or the one that is tankless.
Let's help you decide:

Traditional Water Heaters, not for you if: 

1. A traditional water heater uses a tank to store water up to 30 to 50 gallons. This water gets heated through the burner below the tank. Once the water is used, the tank is refilled with cold water and the process continues. Since in the case of these water heaters, the process of heating takes time, they might not be a good choice for you if your hot water usage is beyond what the water heater could provide during the peak hours of usage.

2. You should not consider installing a traditional water heater if the area you live in does not have gas availability or if a fair pressure of gas is unavailable since traditional water heaters usually turn off automatically at low gas pressure.

3. Living in a small house or an apartment? Tank Water Heaters take a lot of space. Not for you maybe!

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Traditional Water Heaters, best for you if: 

1. Considering that everybody has a different budget, tank water heaters are best for you if you've a limited budget. Their installation, as well as maintenance and repair, is cheap.

2. Considering also that every home has a different requirement of hot water, storage tank water heaters are once again best for you if the need of your family members could be managed easily with them.

Tankless Water Heaters - not for you if: 

1. Almost all tankless water heaters in the market are expensive compared with the conventional storage tank water heaters. Usually, they're double the price. Their heavy cost makes them unsuitable for people with low budgets.
2. These water heaters are energy saving devices compared with conventional water heaters but in case you need water for multitasking on a daily basis, tankless water heaters would use more units resulting in more electricity bills.

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Tankless water heater, best for you if: 

1. Some people believe (and rightly believe) in installing expensive but quality products so that they don’t have to replace and repair them every now and then. Although tankless water heaters leave the pocket light, they, on the same hand save you money for a long run by faithfully working for you for at least 20 years or more. (keeping that maintenance is done)
They're best for you if your budget permits.

2. While in conventional water heaters, water is heated using the gas burner and the process is time-consuming, the water heaters that are tankless use a different heating methodology, passing water through certain pipes to complete the heating process. This process is prompt and thus, these water heaters can produce as much hot water as required by heating up 2 to 3 gallons of water per minute.

Final thought: 

So, choosing between storage tank water heaters or tankless water heaters depends on your need, your budget, your residence type and your gas/electricity availability, which of course you know better than anyone else. A wise choice nonetheless is to consult a home comfort heating and cooling services company so that they might help you choose between the two.

We, at Cosmopolitan Mechanical Services, provide consultation opportunity as a part of our home comfort heating and cooling services. If you’re still confused which water heater to install, simply give us a call on our toll free# 1-855-245-4328 and let us help you make the best decision.


Instruction in order to select the accurate Furnace for Your Residence

If you’re made up your mind for shopping new heating appliance for your house or making replacement of stalled system, we’ve got you covered. Our Home Comfort Engineers are gladden to render you the comfort with your complete heating necessities—big or small—for an intention we’ve furnished these instructions so that you can select your new Furnace. Feel free to call our gracious team for additional comprehension!

The Massive Picture 

Almost certainly, you have approachable the supply of the natural gas. Gas heaters are absolutely less expensive for an intention to carry out operation, given that the cost of natural gas is somewhat lowered in comparison with the cost of electricity. Deciding either you are necessitated with a gas, electric, or oil furnace is the most important step before making comparison among your choices.
The moment when making comparison of the furnaces, make your mind up on a brand you can trust—one that’s been renowned for various years, such as Lennox, Amana, Carrier. Don’t select a lowered-price Furnace as well as sacrifice efficiency. The high-efficiency system in reality pays off in the long of run thus your energy cost would be greatly narrowed by month to month.

Seeking a Furnace that is the ideal size according to your house needs. If the size is immensely smaller, your Furnace will make nuisance in heating your home completely, as it was in particular established for a smaller space. That makes inference you would obtain less comfort, larger bills, and potential repair requirements along the way. Quite the opposite the larger system may short cycle, functioning greatly frequent and stalling its components. For the purpose it’s greatly fundamental for dealing with specialized Heating Professionals who are known in regards with the ideal sizing along with heating capacity.

An Assortment of Features
Since you’ve comprehended regarding the precise size and efficiency rating for your house, you can think about a number of extras. These may encompass…

    Variable-speed blowers – They permits the adjustment of the fan speed as needed for the purpose of keeping the temperatures within one or two degrees of the thermostat settings. They also operate with considerable silence than one-speed fan motors.

    Modulating furnaces – Makes adjustment to heat as needed, simply as comparable to a gas burner.

    Intelligent controls – Take advantage of the Wi-Fi in the house to get hold of controllability of the heater through an app on your smart phone.

    Warranties and financing options – Seek out which systems will render you comfort in terms of saving.

    Dual-fuel heat pumps – You can pair up a gas furnace with a heat pump developed for the purpose greatest efficiency throughout the year.


The Significance of Routine Furnace Maintenance

People seldom expect the heating systems in their residences to proceed on executing under any conditions with no attention by them. What exactly happens then is that the Furnace gets overloaded as well as worn out due to a broken part, loose wire, or leakage of gas. The most likely time the Furnace will get broken is when it is under the utmost strain of exploitation. That is generally throughout the hottest time of year when a person least requires that type of exasperation! Annualized maintenance provides facilitation in safeguarding these situations.
You can perform some maintenance by your own. Swap the filter on time as well as test the unit prior hot weather is welcomed, or cover it throughout the hot season.

Getting your Furnace competently checked out allows in getting rid out of assorted issues prior they are converted into huge expenses. It permits you recognizing the kind of issues you might be facing therefore you can plan in advance. Appliance-associated laws change, new insight regarding specialized leak test, energy conservation, or additional safety systems might need to be implemented. An adequately executing Furnace saves dollars on your energy bill, too!

It's imperative to have your Furnace checked out early, prior the hot weather hits. Furnace service technicians get swamped throughout hot weather, even from Customers who remain their Furnace in impressive functioning state. When you immensely require your residence kept hot, you don't afford to see the Furnace breaking down. 

Inspect your Furnace on regular basis, budget for Furnace inspection as well as do annualized standard maintenance to enlarge the life of your system. Truth be told, it wouldn’t impinge as much as emergency repairs could, and it furnishes peace of mind!

If you're seeking for specialized heating and cooling contractor, contact Cosmopolitan Heating today. From Furnace Repair to maintenance, we takes care entire things HVAC. Give us a call!